Nigeria’s population has hit 211 million – UN

Nigeria’s population has been estimated to be 211.4 million by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It also estimated that the life expectancy for Nigerian men is 54 and that of women, 56. Recall that in 2020, the UN estimated Nigeria’s population to be 206.1 million and put the life expectancy at 55 years. The new figures are in the UNFPA’s ‘State of the World Population 2021’ report. The report was launched by Ulla Muella, UNFPA country representative; Pauline Tallen, minister of women affairs, and Nasir Kwara, chairman of the…

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‘Nigeria’s food insecurity at level not seen since 2016’ – UN agency

…Expected to worsen this summer Nigeria is facing a level of food insecurity not seen since 2016-2017, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic, rising conflict, and floods, a UN agency has said. Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe are the most affected States and the situation is expected to further deteriorate this summer “if no mitigation actions are taken,” according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Adverse effects of the pandemic and related containment measures, along with high food prices are among the main drivers of food insecurity, an FAO report…

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Insecurity: Over 1,400 killed by gunmen within 6 months in Nigeria – UN

The United Nations’ country director, Edward Kallon has lamented the spate of killings in Nigeria.  Citing the government’s statistics, Kallon noted that over 1,400 people have lost their lives in different parts of the country as a result of kidnapping and banditry within six months. He disclosed this in Makurdi, the Benue state capital at a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom.  According to him, killings by armed herdsmen and bandits outweigh killings by the Boko Haram terrorists in the country. These are all due to weak institutions and governance deficits…

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‘Escalating debts may worsen social unrest, political tensions’ — UN

The United Nations has warned that elevated public debt is limiting the capacity of Nigeria and other developing African countries to boost necessary spending needed to counter the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on their economies. This may eventually lead to an escalation of social unrest and political tensions, which could in turn worsen food insecurity, violence, internal displacement and migration pressures. According to the Debt Management Office, (DMO), total public debts as of the end of 2020 amounted to N32.9 trillion. Of the figure, the Federal Government owed…

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Insecurity: “Embrace dialogue to end banditry” – Ex NHIS boss tasks Northern leaders

Northern leadership and elites have been told to stop living in denial and join hands in on-going efforts to find home-grown solution to the rampaging banditry in the region. The former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, (NHIS) Prof. Usman Yusuf, gave the charge while featuring in a Liberty Television flagship programme: ‘Dialogue“. Prof. Usman, who is among those that accompanied a renowned Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, to the bandits’ enclaves in Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States to encourage them to embrace peace, also said the military…

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‘Yoruba elders planning to destabilise Nigeria’ – Northern elders writes UN

Yoruba elders are planning to raise tensions and create fears among Nigerians with a view to destabilize the country, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said. The elders made this allegation yesterday, in a letter addressed to the United Nations, (UN). NEF spokesman Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who signed the letter said the latest communication by the Yoruba Council of Elders, (YCE), to the UN is ‘a lamentable desperation by the group to undermine Nigeria’s security and integrity’. The NEF letter said “it is more regrettable that it is the handiwork of…

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Nigeria tops South Africa in FDI in 2020 – UN Report

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy attracted a total FDI of $2.6 billion in 2020 down from the $3.3 billion it attracted a year earlier, data from the United Nations Trade Association shows. South Africa, a major competitor for FDI inflows in sub-Saharan Africa attracted less, with $2.5 billion the report highlights. Egypt recorded the highest influx of FDI among African countries with a total inflow of $5.5 billion representing a whopping 38% drop; despite this drop however, the country remains the top investment destination in Africa. According to the UN report,…

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Borno massacre: “Defend yourselves against B/Haram bandits, kidnappers” – CNG tells northerners

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

Ø  Says Buhari worst leader in Nigeria’s history Ø  Attack claimed at least 110 lives – UN Ø  43 slaughtered farmers buried amid tears, wailing Ø  10 women still missing, says Amnesty Following the killing of 43 farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram, Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), has called on northerners to defend themselves against the Boko Haram insurgents and bandits henceforth, saying President Muhammadu Buhari and northern governors have lost control over the region. The farmers were killed on Saturday in Zabarmari, Gere Local Government Area of…

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Nigeria recorded 3,600 rape cases during lockdown – UN

The United Nations yesterday expressed concerns over the spate of Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria, estimating that during the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the country recorded over 3,600 rape cases nationwide.  The Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina Mohammed, stated this during the launch of the “Violence Against Women and Girls Situation Room – Spotlight Initiative”.  The UN also said it was committed to continuing the cooperation with the Ministry of Women Affairs to strengthen the availability of data on violence against women and girls.  The programme, which was…

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Peacekeeping: UN Recognises Nigerian Policewoman

CSP Catherine Ugorji of the Nigerian police and serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has been selected by the UN as one of two runners-up for the prestigious UN Woman Police Officer of the Year award for 2020. Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, in a statement by Oluseyi Soremekun, the National Information Officer of the UN System in Nigeria, said through both her words and actions, UN Police Officer Ugorji exemplifies the best of UN policing. Of the 1,300 UN policewomen deployed in UN peacekeeping operations, twenty-one were…

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